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Five from Colombia Appeared Jailed in SDNY in Orange Now US Wants 3 Years for Vargas

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 24 – Jey James Roldan Cardenas and five others are indicted for a conspiracy to import narcotics from Colombia into the United States.

 On April 18, 2023 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lewis A. Kaplan held a proceeding. Inner City Press went and covered it. 

  There were five defendants, all in the orange jumpsuits of the Westchester County Department of Corrections, in the jury box.

 The sixth defendant is in Colombia. An extradition package has been pending for one year, as have MLAT requests.

  Judge Kaplan suggested a motion schedule: August 15, September 5 opposition, September 14 reply, argument on September 28.

  If the MLAT materials including Colombian wiretaps come through, there might be a separate motion schedule for them. 

Jump cut to January 17, 2024, when counsel for co-defendant Tatiana Andrea Vargas Bulla asked for a time served sentencing, citing conditions in the ironically-named El Buen Pastor prison in Colombia.

On January 24, the US Attorney's Office wrote in that "imprisonment of at least 36 months is necessary."

 The case is US v. Cardenas, et al., 21-cr-359 (Kaplan) 


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